I have said it over and over again I love Lisbon, Portugal. I love everything about it and I hope that we will return one day to see it again. There are so many reasons why we love Lisbon, the people, the food and the amazing scenery but until our last trip, we had not really even been out of the city much. This time we decided that we needed to some day trips from Lisbon to somewhere we have not been in the area which was Evora and we needed to revisit Sintra.
Both of the places we visited were spectacular (we had visited Sintra on our previous trip and loved it) and to add another to our list we asked our friend Marta to tell us about the amazing Cascais another of the day trips from Lisbon where we hope to visit next time. So here are our 3 amazing day trips from Lisbon and the best part is if you don’t have a car they are all day trips from Lisbon by train! We hope you get to see them all!
Sintra Day trip from Lisbon
Sintra is an amazing UNESCO town that has so much to see in one spot. Lisbon to Sintra is roughly a 40-minute train ride. The Lisbon to Sintra trains is a comfortable and sometimes scenic ride. We have visited Sintra on two occasions now and I don’t think it is enough at all. We spent the whole time out there looking at our favourite thing…castles. You see Sintra was the town where the Royals built their palaces and went during the summer months It is here that they build some of the most amazing places. If it was not the Royals out there it was the rich that liked to follow them and they didn’t mind building something amazing either. Here we talk about some of our favourite Sintra day trips places and what you should not miss on your Sintra tour.
Quinta da Regaleira
This amazing mansion sits in one of the largest, most stunning gardens we have ever seen and was number one on our Sintra tour last time we visited. The Regaleira Palace and its gardens are home to so many intriguing places like a gorgeous chapel, grottos that go behind small water features and guard towers that look like they are straight out of a fairy tale covered in moss.
You can have a look inside the mansion to see how the people who lived here really did have the finest things in the land or you can wander the gardens for hours looking at every beautiful place within the gardens. The one place I was desperate to see in Quinta de Regaleira was the Initiation Well. It was one of the most photographed Sintra attractions that I had seen and I wanted to see it with my own eyes. It did not let me down and it goes on the top 5 things to see in Sintra on your Sintra tour.
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Family Travel Tip: Most of the paths around here are pram friendly with some stairs that may get tricky. If you want to see the Initiation Well you may have to carry the pram down the stairs. Have a nice drink at the little canteen and enjoy the views of the mansions while you relax!
This is one of my favourite castles ever and if you get the chance to see it on your Sintra tour it will quickly become one of yours too. Standing in the town looking up at Pena Palace as it sits high on a hill painted in the most vibrant colours you will be blown away by how spectacular it looks, that is until you get closer and you see its true magnificence. The tiles, the colours and the gardens are all just so brilliant. The architecture is a builders dream and it just gets better and better. We could have spent all day just wandering the gardens and the terraces that go all the way around the castle in the sky, looking down on the tiny town of Sintra.
Family Travel Tip: Just be amazed at this beautiful Palace and enjoy it! We had water and snacks up at the little cafeteria at the top and the girls loved it. It was reasonably priced there too. We got the bus up to Pena Palace as it is quite steep and then enjoyed the walk through the forest back down to catch the hop on hop off bus.
The Moorish Castle
Although the Moorish Castle is a ruined castle it was still one of the most amazing ones we have been to. It snakes its way along the ridge of the mountain and the views down onto Sintra are absolutely brilliant but I can tell you, you really need to put some good shoes on if you plan to walk the whole way around! The steps can be steep in sections and you can really feel the burn as you keep going up and up all the time. Once you are up to the top though you will not be sorry. It is definitely something you should do on your Sintra day trip!
Family Travel Tip: If you have little ones this may not be for them. The climb is steep in some parts and their little legs will tire easily. We climbed steps for around 45 minutes with stops for the girls and for us too, to be honest. Take extra water and some snacks. If it is a windy day be careful right up near the top, both our girls got a little freaked out at the force of the wind.
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The National Palace in the town of Sintra and has two amazing white towers on one end of the building. The inside is amazing with so many beautiful treasures and historical pieces for you to see. The two large towers are from the kitchen within the Palace and even on the inside, they are as magnificent as they are from a distance outside. If there are only two things you can fit in on your Sintra day trip then this should be one of them. It will give you so much information about the area and it is also in town so you will be close to transport to get back to Lisbon.
Where did we stay in Lisbon?
We stayed at Lisbon Historical Centre Apartments. Located in a 19th-century building, Lisbon Historic Center Apartments features apartments within 100 m from the central Largo do Carmo, in Lisbon. It offers free WiFi access. They all include a living room and a TV, and some have a balcony. Bed and bath linen are included. The kitchen is fully equipped to prepare meals. The surroundings are filled with restaurants, Fado music houses, cafés and bars. We LOVED it so much we stayed here TWICE.
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Family Travel Tip: Take your time here, there is so much to see and learn. The tile work is beautiful and the gardens are stunning. It will give you a rest from the heat too if you are going to visit Sintra from Lisbon in the summer.
There is still so much to see in Sintra and I am sure there are some who will say we have missed some of the best Sintra attractions on our Sintra tour but as I said we are hoping to go back there and see so much more. Don’t miss our guide on how to get to Lisbon to Sintra
A day trip from Lisbon to Evora
Evora was such a surprise destination for us. It was one of the easiest day trips from Lisbon by train for us and took around 2 and a half hours. The train was very comfortable and there were not many people on the Lisbon to Evora train during the winter months. For our Evora day trip from Lisbon, we had looked at what the best things to do in Evora would be and we had some really interesting sites to see while on our Evora day trip. We started the day early at the train station and we were so glad we did. We could have wandered Evora for even more time than we did as everywhere around the town was amazing. There are so many things to do in Evora but these are the top ones we think are the best to do while on your Evora day trip.
You can start your Evora day trip at the Temple of Diana in Evora which is an amazing sight. The temple ruins tower over the little square that they are in and they make you feel very small when you are standing right next to them. From there you can head to the Town Hall where during some excavations more Roman Ruins were found and are now on show. There is also an ancient Aqueduct in the town for you to see.
Family Travel Tip: While you are at the Temple there are some building across from the square. They are where the Spanish Inquisition started in the town and are normally open for viewing. Unfortunately, they were closed on the day we visited.
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Bone Chapel (Capela dos Ossos)
This Bone Chapel was something I will never forget. It is located in the Royal Church of St. Francis and is known as Capela dos Ossos. All of the Chapel is ‘decorated’ with the bones of monks. You are not able to touch them or really get up close to them but it can be very confronting. When you are planning your day trip from Lisbon to Evora this should be on your list of must-sees!
Family Travel Tip: This was the second Bone Chapel the girls had visited but they found this one a little more confronting than the first due to a number of bones in the Chapel. We tried to talk to them on the train from Lisbon to Evora before we visited the Chapel to prepare them but I think you have to be prepared for any feelings or questions they may have.
Town Square and Church
Sitting in the town square and having lunch was amazing in the sunshine. Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Town and the Town Square is beautiful. The girls loved the fountain even though it was not going due to it being winter! We also had a very fast look at the Church before the ladies kicked us out for the day. There were so many people sitting in the square enjoying the sunshine when we were on our Evora day trip. I could imagine it being so full of people in the summer enjoying lunch or a wine at the gorgeous little Evora restaurants.
Family Travel Tip: Like most town squares it is a little more expensive to eat at these Evora restaurants there than if you go a street back from it. We found a really nice place with a cheap menu on the square but this also may have been because it was winter. There were so many little, beautiful Evora restaurants that I don’t think you will have a problem finding one!
Top Emotions Car Tour
Absolutely hands down one of the most fun things I have ever done travelling! Miguel took us for a drive around Evora in a 1929 fully restored Ford and it was amazing. He showed us the sights of the town and explained them to us. As an even better surprise, he took us to his personal collection of cars that he has made into a museum out of an old unused bus terminal! Neither Mark nor I know much about cars but I can tell you this is one place in Evora that cannot be missed. If you would like more information on Top Emotions click here
Family Travel Tip: Even if you are not into cars you will still get an absolute thrill driving around in a beautiful old car and having the people of Evora wave to you! If you are into cars a daytrip from Lisbon to Evora for this amazing car museum is something you will not regret.
Day trips from Lisbon – Cascais
Cascais is a gorgeous little town on the Portuguese Atlantic coast. Famous for being the elegant summer retreat of the European aristocracy in the XIX century, Cascais is now a world-renowned golf resort and holiday destination for local and foreigners alike. Regular trains connect it to Lisbon city centre in about half an hour and make it a perfect place for both a day trip from Lisbon or a longer stay. In Cascais, you can stroll around manicured yet atmospheric streets, have fresh fish in one of the many restaurants and of course be sunbathing on one of its beautiful, family-friendly beaches. Cascais is also famous for being the home of the ‘boca do Inferno’ (hell’s mouth) an impressive stretch of coast where waves crash against steep cliffs.
Boca de Inferno
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Getting to Lisbon:
- Lisbon is the capital and biggest city in Portugal.
- Humberto Delgado Airport is located 7km from Lisbon City Centre
- It is the 24th largest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume, having served 22.4 million passengers in 2016
- Lisbon Airport is served by 121 destinations with 47 airlines
- Lisboa is serviced by many international airlines and budget carriers.The airport is a hub for TAP Portugal. Lisbon is a focus city for easyJet, Ryanair, Vueling and Azores Airlines. You can check the prices of international flights to Portugal with cheapOair. Domestic flights can be booked with Expedia
- The airport and city are connected by the metro. Aeroporto Saldanha line takes approximately 20 minutes to reach downtown Lisbon
- The Aerobuses is accommodating for travelling with large luggage. The departures are available at Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 between 7:30 and 23:00 daily, and connect the airport with a number of major destinations in the downtown area. Information and bookings available here.
- Santa Apolonia and Lisbon Oriente are the two major trains station for domestic and international arrivals by train
- Check your trains prices here.
- Most international buses arrive at Lisbon’s Estação do Oriente bus station. Check your bus prices here.
- You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
- You can book a rental car with AutoEurope and have it waiting for you at Lisbon Airport.
Getting around Lisbon:
- Lisbon features an extensive public transport network, comprising both underground and surface means of getting around. The metros, buses and trams of Lisbon is one of the most cost-efficient and flexible manners of discovering the city
- The flat fare on the trams (streetcars) is now 2,85 Euros with the object being to make more users buy pre-pay passes. A single ticket on the metro is €1.90 without a rechargeable card, €1,40 with. There are a variety of passes available which reduce those costs considerably.
- Children under the age of 4 travel free of charge on the Metro, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
- The popular Lisbon Hop on hop off bus is a great option for tourists wanting to see the main sights of Berlin. This tourist bus has 2 different routes that travel the sights of the city on a loop basis. For more information Look here!
- The Lisbon Card offers tree public transport and entries to major Lisbon sights.
Where to stay in Lisbon:
- Lisbon has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
- Hostels in Lisbon can start from as little as 15 euro’s a night for a shared dorm room.
- You can search Airbnb for their Berlin accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE.
- Hotels in Lisbon generally start at around $70 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $92, 5-star averaging $226 for a night stay.
- You can compare and book your stay on Agoda, Hotels.com, and Priceline
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